We here at AutismHWY.com feel very blessed as we reflect on the year that was 2014. We are now 4 yrs. old as a visionary website and we feel a positive force for change. AutismHWY has always seen the future!! It is bright and full of transformation for this world. In these first few years of our on-line ”life” we have witnessed a lot of fantastic movement in many positive directions. People demanding that the Autism hysterics and the othering of Autistic people— just stop. Autistic people know how they feel and have real and effective strategies for Autistic people and their families.
Families and friends of Autistic people are joining in by amplifying their voices, creating events and conferences to centerpiece their messages. Their first hand knowledge and experience; being Autistic. Voices for pragmatic change joining forces. Voices not listening to outlandish messages of pain, tragedy, unresolvable despair and pity. Voices with practical solutions to complex problems. Voices filled with love and not fear. The Autistic voice. So on point and now accessable. Ready to be heard and implemented. It is time to listen. Please do. Resolve to always.
We have had our vision of Autism all along. In 2010 we came on-line with our beliefs that it is natural and is indeed a very important piece of the human condition we all need to know about. That Autistic people are integral to creation and have been all along. Understanding and respecting the dynamics at play within the human mind is crucial to inter-relationships for ALL PEOPLE in every society. Autism clues people into all of that and more. AutismHWY.com has always seen that bigger picture now coming more and more into focus for everyone.
We wanted a website for Autistic people to connect
We wanted loving information for children about Autism
We envisioned a Chalk Festival and a loving gathering to celebrate people on the Spectrum
We knew it was something that we needed. That we deserved. Not another pity party to twist public perceptions to raise funds. An Art party to raise friendships, spirits and acceptance. NO WALKING in circles of shame. No declaring war on Autism. No wallowing on self imposed sadness. Chalking ourselves into our community in real ways. Allowing the community to meet and greet Autistic people to dispel the misperceptions. Enjoying ourselves out in the community where we belong! With the city of Covina and the partnership of numerous Autistic people, families, friends and organizations we have met that VISION! Autism Movement Therapy The Art of Autism, The Gifts of Autism , Joel’s VisionArts our hats are off to YOU!! Thank you for believing in AutismHWY’s vision.
In January 2014 we urged minds to be wide open to the Autistic voice in our blog titled “Minds Open:2014″ As we have now come full circle into January and already into February of 2015 we believe that steps in this direction are happening. However, we have grown beyond mere ”baby steps” and hope that Autistic inside info will become a full on gallop as we head to people seeing “OUR” Big Picture in 2020! 2020 vision will mean getting information straight from…the source! 100%!!
Our Visionary Wish List continues…..
1. Autistic activists and scholars will form a union that can be consulted by all agencies.
2. Non-Profits will be barred from disparaging the lives of the families they raise money to “assist” and will be mandated to include Autistic people on their board of advisory directors.
3. Experts on Autism will not be deemed an expert without gathering facts from Autistic people.
4. All people will be respected and valued in life regardless of the high productivity standards that are considered normal.
We don’t ask for a lot: SOCIAL JUSTICE for Autistic People!
We can make it happen: THIS YEAR, THIS DECADE!
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NEXT YEAR’S EVENT will be APRIL, 18TH 2015!
Last Saturday was a day for all time! A day long coming and warmly embraced by many. A whole new frontier for Autistic safe space! We are planting our flag for Autism Acceptance and FUN. The 4th Annual AutismHWY.com Chalk Art Festival really delivered that and all of the attendees and partners couldn’t be happier! A day dedicated for unconditional love and acceptance. No teams, no battles, no agendas to eradicate Autism. No negative rhetoric about 1 in 68. In fact we believe one in sixty eight is great!
Autistic adults, children and their families, friends and supporters all assembled at Heritage Plaza Park in Downtown Covina for a great day of Art, Performance and Friendship. It was a powerful feeling to have so many people on the spectrum together for the celebration. So many friends and family old and new coming together for a fun day in the sun to express how we feel and what we believe in. Empowering to say the very least!
Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!
ZACH ‘S Message!
The fantastic Artistic Activist Ms. Dani Bowman!
Our fantastic hosts this year ; The City of Covina and the Covina Cultural Arts Commission were most hospitable. They have even made me a Cultural Arts Commissioner! WOW! We now have a great location that was beautifully mapped out for our special day! Everyone enjoyed the Heritage Plaza Park setting. Booths, Art zones , Drum circle, Performance stage, Chill zone and play area created an all around fantastic atmosphere. Over 600 people came through the event and I believe we would have stayed there all day! No one wanted the day to end! All of us vowing to be back next year for more of the same unconditional acceptance and amazing ART!
Joanne Lara and her Autism Movement Therapy Dancers
What a lovely day! “The Food Mansion” by Syance
Exceptional Minds students….show that off in this great piece!
Eileen Sobora’s beauty of the sea!
Willie Zin shared his multi dimensional talents!
Who’s Clayton played their hearts out!
Adriana Salgado’s CROWD FAVORITE winner! Cat’s are Autistic you know! haha Great call Adriana!
Roman Castro on hand to facilitate the Remo Drum Circle!
Trevor Aycox traveled from Oklahoma with his Mom and Grandmother to share his awesome Spray paint Art with us! Thank you so much for coming west young man! Many people were very grateful that you all did! The connections made at this event have an empowering affect on all of us.
Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!
Thank you to Remo Recreational Music center for the amazing donation of drums and instruments to power this circle! It was a very moving event for those within it and those of us watching and listening! Different Drummers ROCK!
Daniel from the great Autism Spectrum Athletics organization makes his mark on The Chalkmobile!! Too much FUN!
Jacque Keith Dubois brought his colorful perspective! Thanks so much Keith!
Bj Lane chalking up her heart as she has done for us all 4 years. We cherish your participation Bj!
Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!
David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!
The event was soO chill that not too many people needed the ZONE! …except my son Wyatt (we called it the Wy~Zone!)
Keri Bowers and her Artistic Super Powers….
Debbie Denenburg travels to meet and greet us! So great to have you and your ART present Debbie!
Lysa Ashley and her Autistic Pride Design Winner!
Carissa’s second appearance at the festival garnered her Crowd Favorite! Congratulations Carissa!
Kai’s colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)
Pocahantus even made an appearance!
Joel Anderson working on his Einstein logo just after finishing his “steam-punk” Jules Verne! This was Joel’s 3rd appearance. He was the 2012 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award winner. The Artist best breathing life through creativity!
LAnt ART ~ Lori Antoinette W looks beautifully into our future of more Chalk Art festivals at heritage Plaza !!
Young Mr. Briceno’s awesome creation! Thanks for joining us again. We love what you add to this event!
Epic Luis Art….takes Best use of Color in the youth category!
Mickey Chap memorializes the Ultimate Warrior in chalk and wins Best use of Color! She said it was her first award in 15 years of chalking! We are PROUD to be the first ones to recognize your talent with Cash Mickey!!
Kevin Hosseini flies in for spring break just in time for the Remo Drum Circle!
Aaron Eh’s colorful creativity evolving!!
What a simple and clear message!!
Thank you to each and every one of us that played a part in making this the most spectacular AutismHWY.com Chalk festival EVER!! next year we will do it again because the possibilities are endless…
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT TRULY! xo
JUST TAKE A LOOK~~>HERE!!
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Free to love, accept and understand AUTISM! The Independance to choose happiness and peace with your existence. Exactly what this holiday is designed for. I am exhilerated to see that this choice is becoming quite popular. In the 2 yrs. AutismHWY.com has been on the web the momentum has been remarkable! Autistic People and Families on the Spectrum are going strong recruiting others into this wonderful, uplifting army of information and ACCEPTANCE!
It is an exciting time indeed seeing a shift in society’s understanding of the human brain stimulated by the Autistic mind.
Almost daily new ideas fostering creativity and inclusion for Autistic people are being created and implemented! Platforms of support and opportunity being raised like a new barn by the folks in a loving and helpful community! It truly is remarkable. Meeting the people behind all of this hard work and ingenuity has been a deep blessing for myself and family here on the AutismHWY. I have met and continue to meet so many enriched people. Enriched by the journey Autism has taken us on. Self Advocate and astute business woman Temple Grandin speaks of the doors for opportunity and how to make those doors open. To be yourself, Autism or no Autism and get on with the living and working!! Just that simple. As Leonora Gregory Collura has brilliantly coined with her company name years ago~ ”Naturally Autistic”…define and accept the process and work with it. Be your self, it is really all a person can do! FREE yourselves of others standards and expectations and create NEW, more appropriate standards for yourself! That IS the American way afterall! The human way.
Amazing People…Doing amazing things!!
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